The Responsibility to Protect and Africa’s international relations

Authored by: Adam Branch

Handbook of Africa’s International Relations

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857436334
eBook ISBN: 9780203803929
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The Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, today finds itself invoked widely among international policy makers as well as academics, 1 and Africa is the region with which it has been most closely identified. Edward Luck, special adviser to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, has declared that ‘the responsibility to protect really came from Africa and the African experience’, 2 and ‘emerged, quite literally, from the soil and soul of Africa’. 3 Three-quarters of the ‘crises’ listed on the website of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect are in Africa, 4 analysts have located an incipient R2P in Article 4 of the African Union’s Constitutive Act, 5 and R2P has been represented as fulfilling the promise of ‘never again’ coming out of the failure to intervene in the Rwandan genocide.

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